Tulum Attractions

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While it is impossible to overlook that the most important attractions in Tulum center on Mayan culture, they aren't the only reason this town is worth visiting.  A collection of cenotes add to the appeal, and the beaches awash with Caribbean waters simply can't be ignored.


Playa Tulum

You'll discover a large selection of beaches to consider in and around the area. Click on the name of the beach to get additional information about that part of the coast.

Playa Tulum: Tulum was the only Maya city built along the water, and today serves as the majestic watch guard of nearby Playa Tulum. For a solid dose of history, architecture, and even anthropology with your beach going experience, there is no better option than Playa Tulum.

A second place worth considering is Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach. Backed by black cliffs, the blue waters of the beach look even more vibrantly turquoise than is the norm in this region, making this beach a great picture op. Swimming and sunning are top activities here, plus there are vendors selling food, drinks, and local crafts to make it a full service experience.

Playa Chacal: Chacala is one of the most underdeveloped beaches along the coast. Aside from a resort property, the beach is void of any excess. Visitors who head to this shore are doing so in order to escape the pressures of daily life and enjoy a day of seclusion in a tropical paradise.

Of course, you will find plenty of additional beaches to choose from in and around the area. To learn about more beaches available, visit this page.

Landmark Attractions

Tulum Maya Ruins

One popular destination is Tulum Maya Ruins. It is located within the heart of Tulum. The ruins are open to visitors from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Additionally, if the more functional aspects of maritime life interest you, you might want to see Tulum Lighthouse. The Tulum Lighthouse is located just south of the Maya ruin on top of the Salta Iman cliff. While visitors are welcome to visit the lighthouse, it is usually passed over.

Temple Of The Wind: The temple itself is in a park of an entire collection of ruins, many of which you can climb. Temple of the Winds, however, is not one of them.

That's not all -- you can find a nice selection of other sites to visit. Use this link to check out our page dedicated to other sites worth visiting in Tulum.

Natural Attractions

Aktun Chen Cave System

Xunaan Ha Cenote is one of the natural attractions that's worth a visit. Located near Dreams Hotel in Puerto Aventuras, the Xunaan Ha Cenote is a popular swimming and diving spot, known for it's underwater cave with waters that float upstream rather than downstream.

Jungle Place is a second local attraction you might enjoy. The Jungle Place is a sanctuary for endangered Spider Monkeys in the Mexican Caribbean, most of which have been rescued from life threatening situations. The owners care for these animals as if they were a part of a family, and on a rare basis, allow guests to come visit with the monkeys and explore the habitat.

Tulum includes a nice selection of choices too. For more in-depth coverage of natural attractions in and around the area, visit this page.


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